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Without suffering we know neither our limitations, nor ourselves.
    —     Leo Tolstoy
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On This Day In:
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2020 In 50 States And Voting Against Trump
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2019 My Last Must Be My Best
2018 Making Friends
Day 28: A Normal Loss And A Headache
2017 Sea Worthy
2016 Rising Integration
2015 No Worries
2014 Devouring The Present
2013 But So Far…
Twice Moved
2012 Just Like Bubbles
2011 Caring and Driving
Achieve Greatly
2010 Unwise To Trust
Attitude
If The Mind Is Not Tired
Irrationally Crazy
2nd Pair – Shoe Review
Ahnu – Gesundheit!
2009 As for me…
Health Care Reform Now!!

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Man’s mind cannot wrest the causes of events in their completeness, but the desire to find the causes is implanted in man’s soul.
    —     Leo Tolstoy
The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
    —     Eden Phillpots
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On This Day In:
2021 Cabbage Looking
Burning Up The Night
2020 Your Challenge
2019 The Tragedies Are About To Get Worse
2018 Plunge
Time To Meet God
2017 Wealth Within
2016 Soaring
2015 Gone To The Library…
2014 Choose To Lead
2013 Not Sent Yet
2012 Wall-Crawler Reboot
Learning To Count
On Worshiping God
2011 Emancipated Differences
2010 A Little More Technology, Please…

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As long as I have food I don’t need when someone else has none, or have two coats and someone else has none, I share in a constantly repeated crime.
    —     Leo Tolstoy
Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers / followers!
Today, (like every day) I am thankful for a loving family and for friends I enjoy spending time with.  Next, I am thankful I live in this day and age (toilet paper, indoor plumbing, refrigerated food, relatively hi-speed internet) with all of our advancements.  And, finally, I thank God (or the universe) for not having been given an “easier” life.  It’s difficult to say I’ve lived a “hard” life because I have been graced with so many opportunities, but I’ve tried to squeeze the marrow from the bone and live life with few (and no major) regrets.  I doubt it (my life) would have been as interesting or as much fun, if it had been easier.
Hopefully, as you read this, you too are thankful for whatever graces / blessings you have this day…  And be prayerful for (and charitable to) those less fortunate.
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On This Day In:
2020 Still In School
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Escape From Planet Junkyard
2019 Will John Bolton Testify?
2018 Just Maybe
2017 Police In My Review Mirror
2016 Full And Rich
2015 Go Deeper
2014 Intentional Mapping
2013 The Sweet Path
2012 Living Free And Abolition
Morning Wood
2011 I Resemble That Remark

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If you are not strong, ask for troubles to make you so.
    —    Leo Tolstoy
[Which reminds me of:

The Para’s Prayer

Give me, God, what you still have,
Give me what no one asks for;
I do not ask for wealth
Nor for success, nor even health —
People ask you so often, God, for all that
That you cannot have any left.
Give me, God, what you still have;
Give me what people refuse to accept from you.
I want insecurity and disquietude,
I want turmoil and brawl,
And if you should give them to me, my God,
Once and for all
Let me be sure to have them always,
For I will not always have the courage
To ask you for them.
     –    Attributed to André Zirnheld
[Aspirant (Second Lieutenant) André Zirnheld was the first Free French SAS officer to fall in Libya in a gun jeep raid on Nazi airfields deep behind enemy lines on July 27, 1942.  Hurriedly buried in a desert sand dune;  his friends found in his officer’s note book a prayer (above) he had written in Tunis in 1938.]
I carried a hand-written copy of this in my wallet for years…    —    kmab]
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On This Day In:
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2020 My 2 Cents
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2019 The Opening Step
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2018 I’ll Trade You…
2017 Luv Me Some Meat Loaf
2016 Unless Your Name Is #AmnestyDon
2015 A Tentative First Step
2014 Making People
2013 On Reading Books
2012 On America
2011 Shiver, Me Timbers!
2010 Fiduciary Breakdown

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Just as all the water drains out of a bucket with even the tiniest hole, all the joy of life drains from our soul when we hate even one person.
    —   Leo Tolstoy
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On This Day In:
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2019 Impeach #45 – (#TraitorInTheWhiteHouse)
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2018 No Pride There
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2017 At Least Twenty To Go
2016 A Sweet Smelling Blog Post
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2015 Getting The Story Right
2014 Like Shells On The Shore
2013 More And Why
2012 How To Gain Effective Fire
2011 Patriot Act

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The evil we use violence against to protect ourselves from is far less evil than the evil we do to ourselves by using violence.
    —    Leo Tolstoy
[Let’s be clear…  There is NO evidence of widespread or organized voter fraud in the United States.  The laws being passed to “protect” voting in Georgia, Texas, Michigan, etc., are intended to reduce voter turnout by American citizens – specifically by the young, the poor and people of color because these groups are increasing in number and are “tending” / trending to vote Democratic.  These laws are being passed because the Republicans understand / believe they no longer have policies which the majority of American voters support.  The Republican party would rather deny their fellow citizens the opportunity to vote than change their policies to promote the general welfare and thereby regain the popular support of the American voter.    —   KMAB]
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On This Day In:
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2019 I’m Still Struggling To Rise
2018 Once Suddenly Free
2017 What Is Childlike
2016 The Latter A Lot Quicker Than The Former
2015 Notes On My Nightstand
2014 Generations
2013 Two For One
2012 Seen And Heard
2011 The Hazards And Vicissitudes Of Life

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Love alone is the only reasonable activity or pursuit of humankind . . .   For love not only annihilates our fear of meaningless but empowers us to seek the happiness of others.   And this indeed is our greatest happiness.
    —    Leo Tolstoy
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On This Day In:
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2019 Indian Myth
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2018 Nothing
2017 Approval First
2016 In Search Of Words
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2015 At What Price?
2014 Intricate And Subtle Order
2013 Attention To Detail
2012 Aequanimitas!
2011 Consider This

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There is a hard and fast rule we must always remember:  if a good end can be achieved only through bad means, either it is not a good end, or its time has not yet come.
    —    Leo Tolstoy
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On This Day In:
2020 The Doggie Dab
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2019 #LyingDonald’s Problem With The News And Truth
2018 Oh, Hell
2017 No Welcome Mat Here
2016 Making It Up
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2015 We Are All Explorers
2014 Still Trying To Cope
2013 Dear Diary (A good chuckle!)
2012 Conveniently Sequential
2011 King’s Speech Number Four
Rational Probability

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We regret losing a purse or wallet full of money, but a good thought which has come to us, which we have either heard or read, a thought which we should have remembered and applied to our life, which could have improved the world — we lose this thought and promptly forget about it, and we do not regret it, though it is more precious than millions.
    —     Leo Tolstoy
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On This Day In:
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2020 A Good Reason To Blog
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2019 Living Free
2018 Relative Imagination
2017 Thank You, Senator McCain (So Far Anyway)
2016 What About Friends?
2015 It Tastes Good To Me
2014 Others’ Footsteps
The Not-So-Modern Samurai
2013 Doin’
2012 A Lover
2011 What Have We Found Here
Words

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The simplest and shortest rule of morality consists in compelling as little service as possible from others, and serving others as much as possible.  It involves demanding as little as possible from others, and in giving others as much as possible.
    —    Leo Tolstoy
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On This Day In:
2021 What Will You Become?
Life’s Illusions
2020 Rules Of Morality
Tempting Fate
2019 Good People On Both Sides?
2018 Schedule, Please
2017 No Hope For #DumbDonald
2016 Do Something
2015 What Are You Making Now?
2014 Like Fire Burning In My Heart
2013 Oh Yes He Can!
2012 Enquiries
2011 The Prize: Understanding
2010 Can You Tell My Scanner Works?
Rebecca – The Early Years
James – The Early Years
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It is far easier to write ten volumes of philosophy than to put a single precept into practice.
     —     Leo Tolstoy
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On This Day In:
2021 Back To Paying Dues
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2020 Diets And Lifestyle Changes
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2019 The Right Questions
Day 3: Still Difficult
2018 A Thought For Those Continuing To Support President Trump
Day 36: Pushing On
2017 Imagining Humor
2016 So Go On And Deal With It
2015 From A Letter To A Friend
2014 Your Part (Here)
2013 Complements
2012 Sound And Light
2011 Two Politicians Visit A Farm…
2010 Labor Day And Honorable Men

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We dislike people not because they are evil;  we think they are evil because we dislike them.
    —    Leo Tolstoy
[We must get back to the point where we can disagree without being disagreeable.  (A paraphrase of Ruth Bader Ginsburg)   —   kmab]
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On This Day In:
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2019 Should I Start With My Religion?
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2017 Directions
2016 Handle With Care
2015 Nothing But Pride
2014 Go
2013 Well, Does It?
2012 Near Misses Aren’t Successes
2011 Uncomfortable Feelings
2010 San Francisco (favorites)…
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Either be silent or say things that are worth more than silence.
    —    Leo Tolstoy
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On This Day In:
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2018 Change Happens
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2017 Still Removing Bricks
2016 Namaste
2015 Still Learning
2014 Dark Processes
2013 To The Last Link
2012 Slept In Again
2011 Home Again, Naturally
2009 Thoughts after a long day of OT…

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We torture ourselves with the past and in our worry spoil the future simply because we do not pay sufficient attention to the present.  The past is gone.  The future does not exist.  There is only now.
    —   Leo Tolstoy
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On This Day In:
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2017 Both Dismissed
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2015 MA Fix
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2014 Actually
2013 Unfortunate Evolutionary Accidents
2012 Tense (Past, Present And Future)
2011 What Is Your Preference?

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How does a lapse of faith occur?  Very simply:  one begins to live like everybody else.
    —    Leo Tolstoy
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On This Day In:
2018 The Ultimate Trial
2017 Vain Expectations
2016 Or Of One Thought
2015 What’s In Your Future?
2014 Light In Darkness
2013 How ‘Bout Just Obeying The Law?
2012 Or Maybe Not
2011 My Interval Is Too Short!

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